If you're a travelling film photographer, finding a place to buy and develop your rolls on the road can be tricky - especially in a place as big and confusing as Shanghai.
So to make your life easier, I'll tell you where I go. A place called Weima Professional Photo. This post includes directions, maps, and my thoughts on what you can expect there.
Come read, learn, and not waste any more time researching where to buy or develop 35mm film in Shanghai.
More film photography, right here. And this time we're shooting monochrome.
Ilford Pan 400 is a film available in Asia. It's not expensive, but does that make it worth buying if you're in the area? Or even getting some shipped if you're not?
To find out, I shot some Shanghai street photography with it. Here, in this very article, you can come see how it turned out. Come one, come all. Come on. Come in.
I'll always say the F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8 is a great vintage lens for your street photography.
It's small, which keeps it discreet. It's inexpensive, which means you can pick one up without feeling guilty. And the image quality is really good, which is really the most important thing.
I shot with mine in Ciqikou, in Chongqing, China. Come see how it went here.
A short trip to Wuxi seemed like the perfect chance to get some more shooting in with the Yashica Yashinon 45mm f1.7.
Still getting back used to the focal length, I needed the practice as much as I wanted photographs I thought good enough to post here.
I got both, and with a lens that I loved shooting with. Come see, come read, come find out more. :)
Anyone can compile a list of 10, 20, 50 photography quotes only. Many people have. They make for very thin blog posts.
So I've picked fewer and thought about them and what they mean to me, from a street photography angle.
Depth, not width. Stream of consciousness. It got long and winding. Come dive in.
Look at this lens, sitting there all shiny and chrome and making even the old Sony NEX-5N look sexy.
There's no doubt the Yashica Yashinon-DX 45mm f1.7 is a handsome bastard, but how does actually it perform on your digital camera? What's the build and image quality like? Is it easy and enjoyable to use? And why doesn't it need an adapter like most other vintage lenses?
The answers to these questions - and more - can be found in this review. Come learn!
If you're new to street photography or have been shooting in 'Auto' mode, there are probably more settings on your camera than you know what to do with.
It's useful to learn what they all do, but not all of them are essential for what you want to achieve.
So to save you time, I'll tell you which is the single most important camera setting for your street photography.
To watermark or not to watermark. That is the question... that seems to never go away in the world of online photo sharing.
I have a simple rule that I came up with while writing this post. If not watermarking your photography is losing you money, then watermark it. If that's not the case, then don't.
Most street photographers will fall into the second group, but there's a further reason why I don't think you should be watermarking your decisive moments. It's because you need to be better than that. Want to know what that means exactly? Come read and I'll tell you.
Got any old cameras and lenses you never use but don't know what to do with? Having them take up space in your home in some sort of forced retirement seems a waste, doesn't it?
So what should you do with them? What can you do with them?
I believe the best thing to do, for your gear and for the photography community as a whole, is to get them into the hands of people who will use them. You could even help out a charity while doing so. There are plenty of options. Want to know what they are? Then come on in and read.
Another new old camera, bought for £1.99 in an English charity shop, and a roll of the only film they had in Tesco. Taken to Shanghai and tested out in the winter sun.
The images I got are presented in this article. There aren't that many of them but what is here is worth seeing. I wouldn't have shared them otherwise.
So come take a look and see how a camera that cost less than the roll of Kodak ColorPlus inside it fared on its first outing (I presume) in China.
I've got three old photographs doing nothing on my hard drive. I don't want to just delete them but I have no story to tell about them. So, what to do? What is the point of sharing them?
The truth is, there's always a point in sharing your work. If you don't blog yourself, some of them may seem a little calculated. A little cynical even. But there is always a point. Always.
And now you're intrigued as to what the point of sharing these photographs is? Yes? Then come on in and find out.
The remainder of the shots from Chongqing's Airport Square, shot on Kodak ColorPlus in the Canon Sure Shot AF-7.
It was my first time trying film street photography so I wasn't sure what to expect. Especially as I didn't know if the camera was working properly or not. Once I'd got the images developed I was pleased with how they'd turned out, although I may be a little biased.
If you want to judge for yourself, come on in and do so. Thanks.
We need to be honest here. Chongqing's Airport Square is in no way a place you should ever visit. Chongqing the city certainly is. But spend your time seeing the good stuff in the city centre.
That said, Airport Square was good to me. It provided a nice little location to test out my new old camera - the Canon Sure Shot AF-7. The question is, how did the shots turn out?
The answer is in this post. So maybe you should come on in and find out. Please. Thanks.
Despite shooting with vintage lenses 99% of the time, I'd never really thought about trying my hand at film photography. That changed when I picked up these two cameras and a couple of rolls of Kodak ColorPlus.
So how did that happen? What made me want to give it a go? And how did the pictures turn out?
Come find out in this post. Come on. Humour me.
A day out at Shanghai Disneyland, with all the expected crowds and activity, seemed like a good opportunity to shoot some street photography. So I packed my camera and went to my first, and at the time of writing only, Disney park.
Having read some negative press about the whole park experience beforehand, I was unsure how exactly the day would go. What I felt more sure about was my chances of coming back with some images worth sharing here.
As you're reading this, that's what happened. So come on in. Check them out. And let me know what you think of them, and how your own theme park street photography went if you've ever tried any yourself!